Video Game Execs Join BSA, RIAA, MPAA In The Bogus Piracy Stats Brigade

from the welcome-to-the-club dept

The BSA, RIAA and MPAA are all well known for their bogus stats about piracy that are easily disproved. In fact, when it comes to the BSA, the company they contracted to conduct the study has even complained that the BSA is misusing the stats. You would hope that a younger, more dynamic industry wouldn't fall into the same trap. Unfortunately, though, it looks like the video game industry is going down the same pointless path. Todd Hollenshead from id Software is getting a lot of attention today for trumpeting the ESA's latest bogus stat numbers that appears to assume all pirated copies are lost sales and not taking into account (at all) the fact that pirated copies can later lead to legit sales. Hollenshead goes on to talk about various annoying means of copy protection to keep anyone from pirating the game. This isn't a new argument for id. Last year, the company put out a similar statement about how piracy was killing the video game industry (which actually appears to be pretty vibrant). It also ignores id's own history. The early success of games like Castle Wolfenstein and Doom were, in large part, thanks to pirated copies being widely available and getting people hooked (often resulting in them buying legit copies, or later software products from id). It also ignores the success of other game publishers, such as Stardock, who decided that treating all its customers as if they're criminals is a bad idea -- and releasing their game with no copy protection at all... and having it turn into a best seller.

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    Yo Momma, 14 Mar 2007 @ 11:24am

    selfish little brats

    It just kills me to see the situational ethics at work in childish comments like this:

    "I get pirated copies of games, if i like the game I'll buy it. If I don't it gets deleted."


    "…when I can open the game and play it say for a few days then realize the game SUCKS! Allow me to return it for a full refund…. so much garbage comes out now days you need to test drive it before you dump your $$ into it."

    Oh, I see. You have decided when and if it's OK to steal something. Do you also go down to local car lots, hot wire sports cars, and then drive them home for a few days before deciding whether of not you'll actually buy them? Also, would you mind if I slip into your house one day and borrow some of your consumer electronics so I can give them a "test drive" in my own house for a while? Hey, I promise I'll buy my own and return yours if I end up liking them. See, you have nothing to fear!

    PUH-lease. Don't give me that bullsh*t story about how you actually do go out and buy the games you like after you've given them a "test drive." If you want a test drive, go down to your local video store and play them on the consoles they have there. Or go over to a friend's house and check them out. But don't pretend that you're a little angel with the best interests of others in mind when you download or burn complete copies for yourself.

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